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On March 29, 2017.

On March 29, 2017, “Commons” and “Milan” labels released “async”, the nineteenth Ryuichi Sakamoto studio album. It was recorded April – December 2016, at “The Studio”, “Germano Studios” and “Museum of Arts and Design” in New York City,
“Bastyr University Chapel” in Kenmore, Washington, “Gateway Mastering” in Portland, Maine, “Kyoto City University of Arts” in Kyoto, Japan, and was produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Mai Yuda. Magazine “Fact” voted “async” the best album of 2017.


  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – piano, primary artist
  • Christian Fennesz – guitar, computer
  • N.S.S. – Singing bowls
  • Ian Antonio, Levy Lorenzo, Ross Karre – triangle
  • Ko Ishikawa – Shō  
  • Honjoh Hidejiro – shamisen
  • Ian Antonio, Levy Lorenzo, Ross Karre – percussion
  • David Sylvian – spoken word
  • Andri Magnason, Bernardo Bertolucci, Carsten Nicolai, Christine Leboutte, José Lavat, Keyko Nimsay, Priscilla Leung, Sergei Mihailov, Shirin Neshat, Tang Kit Ming – spoken word vocals
  • Paul Bowles – words
  • Luca – vocals
  • Arseny Tarkovsky – words
  • Simon James – concertmaster
  • David Sabee – concertmaster
  • Alex Venguer, Ryan Kelly, John Winters,.Seigen Ono – recording engineer
  • Jason Staniulis, Matthew Sim, Alec Fellman – engineer assistant
  • Conrad Hensel – recording, mixing
  • Northwest Sinfonia – recording
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Mai Yuda – assistant production
  • Norika Sora – associate production
  • Alec Fellman – production manager
  • Kaz Tsujio – piano technician
  • Shiro Takatani – artwork direction, photography 
  • Yoko Takatani – artwork production

Track listing:

All tracks by Ryuichu Sakamoto

  1. andata
  2. disentigration
  3. solari
  4. ZURE
  5. walker
  6. stakra
  7. ubi
  8. fullmoon
  9. async
  10. tri
  11. Life, Life
  12. honj
  13. ff
  14. garden
  15. Water State 2

On December 14, 1983.

On December 14, 1983, “Alfa Records” label released “Service”, the seventh Yellow Magic Orchestra album. It was recorded September – October 1983, at “Alfa Studio A” in Tokyo, Japan, and was produced by Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi.


  • Haruomi Hosono – vocals, bass, synth bass, keyboards, electronics, arrangements, mixing
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – vocals, keyboards, electronics, arrangements, mixing
  • Yukihiro Takahashi – vocals, electronic drums, cymbals, keyboards, electronics, arrangements, mixing
  • Takeshii Fujii, Akihiko Yamazoe – technical assistance

Super Eccentric Theater

  • Yūji Miyake, Hisahiro Ogura, Osamu Hagihashi, Daisuke Yamazaki, Kōichi Nagata, Etsuyo Mitani, Keiko Ishii, Akemi Imamura – counterparts
  • Mitsuo Koike – recording, mixing engineer
  • Akitsugu Doi – assistant engineer
  • Teppei Kasai – mastering engineer
  • Kazusuke Obi – A&R coordinators
  • Tsuguya Inoue – art director, painting
  • Beans – design

Track listing:

  1. Limbo – lyrics by Yukihiro Takahashi, Haruomi Hosono, Peter Barakan, music by Yukihiro Takahashi
  2. S.E.T.
  3. The Madman – lyrics by Yukihiro Takahashi, Peter Barakan, music by Yukihiro Takahashi
  4. S.E.T.
  5. Chinese Whispers – lyrics by Yukihiro Takahashi, Peter Barakan, music by Yukihiro Takahashi
  6. S.E.T.
  7. You’ve Got to Help Yourself – lyrics by Haruomi Hosono, Peter Barakan, music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi
  8. S.E.T. + YMO
  9. Shadows on the Ground – lyrics by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi, Peter Barakan, music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi
  10. S.E.T.
  11. See Through – lyrics by Peter Barkan, music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi, Harumi Hosono
  12. S.E.T.
  13. Perspective – lyrics by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Peter Barakan, music by Ryuichi Sakamoto
  14. S.E.T.

On April 8, 1991.

On April 8, 1991, “Virgin” label released the self – titled, and the only “Rain Tree Crow” album. It was a reunion project by the members of the band Japan. It was recorded1989 -1990, at “Miravel Studios” in Le Val, France, “Condulmer Studio Zerman di Mogliano” in Italy, “Marcus Studios”, “Eel Pie Studios” and “Air Studios” in London, “The Wool Hall” in Bath, Somerset, UK, “Ropewalk Studio in Dublin, Ireland, “Mega Studios” in Paris, and was produced by David Sylvian, Mick karn, Steve Jensen and Richard Barbieri.


  • David Sylvian – vocal, electric guitar, Hammond organ, electric piano, treatments, treatments, organ, percussion, Indian drum, harmonium, shortwave radio, horn arrangement, mixing, art director
  • Mick Karn– bass, saxophone, brass, pipes, wine glasses, horn arrangement
  • Richard Barbieri– synthesizer, water wheel
  • Steve Jansen– drums, Moroccan clay drum, fan drums, marimba, ceramic drums, tambourine, percussion, Hammond organ
  • Bill Nelson– guitar, blue guitar
  • Phil Palmer – acoustic and electric guitar
  • Michael Brook – bass conga
  • Djene Doumbouya – vocal
  • Djanka Djabate – vocal
  • Johnny Thirkell– trumpet, flugelhorn (as Phantom Horns)
  • Gary Barnacle– saxes (as Phantom Horns)
  • Gary Barnacle– saxophones (as Phantom Horns)
  • Johnny Thirkell– trumpet, flugelhorn (as Phantom Horns)
  • Brian Gascoigne – orchestration
  • Steve Nye– mixing
  • Pat McCarthy – mixing engineer
  • Tim Martin – engineer
  • Paonlo Carrer – assistant
  • Rupert Coulson – assistant
  • Louise McCormick – assistant
  • Bruce Davies – assistant
  • Paul Stevens – assistant
  • Richard Chadwick – co-ordinato
  • Shinya Fujiwara– cover photography
  • Russell Mills– design
  • Yuka Fujii – art director

Track listing:

All tracks by David Sylvian.

  1. Big Wheels in Shanty Town
  2. Every Colour You Are
  3. Rain Tree Crow
  4. Red Earth (As Summertime Ends)
  5. Pocket Full of Change
  6. Boat’s for Burning
  7. New Moon at Red Deer Wallow
  8. Black Water
  9. A Reassuringly Dull Sunday
  10. Blackcrow Hits Shoe Shine City
  11. Scratchings on the Bible Belt
  12. Cries and Whispers


On December 20, 1979.

On December 20, 1979, “Hansa” label released (Japan, Canada and Germany) “Quiet Life”, the third Japan studio album. It was recorded in June 1979, at “Air Studios” in London, and was produced by John Punter, Simon Napier-Bell, David Sylvian, Rob Dean, Richard Barbieri, Mick Karn and Steve Jansen.


  • David Sylvian– lead vocals, guitar
  • Rob Dean– guitar, backing vocals
  • Richard Barbieri– synthesizer, keyboards
  • Mick Karn– bass, saxophone, flute, backing vocals
  • Steve Jansen– drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Ann Odell – orchestralarrangements
  • Martyn Ford– orchestral conduction
  • John Punter – engineering
  • Colin Fairley – engineering
  • Keith Bessey – engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by David Sylvian, except where noted.

  1. Quiet Life
  2. Fall in Love With Me
  3. Despair
  4. In Vogue
  5. Halloween
  6. All Tomorrow’s Parties – Lou Reed
  7. Alien
  8. The Other Side of Life


On May 21, 1970.

On May 21, 1970, “CBS” label released “Eastward”, the debut Gary Peacock  album. It was recorded in February 1970, atKawaguchi Shiminkaikan” in Kawaguchi, Japan, and was produced by Kiyoski Itoh.


  • Gary Peacock – bass
  • Hiroshi Murakami – drums
  • Masabumi Kikuchi – piano, electric piano
  • Kenichi Handa – recording
  • Eiko Ishioka – design
  • Tadayuki Naitoh – photography
  • Hiroshi Asada – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Gary Peacock, except where noted.

  1. Lessoning
  2. Nanshi
  3. Changing
  4. One Up
  5. Eastward
  6. Little Abi – Masabumi Kikuchi
  7. Moor


On January 21, 1979.

On January 21, 1979, “CBS / Sony” label released (only in Japan) “Directstep” the twenty-fourth Herbie Hancock studio album. It was recorded October 17 – 18, 1978, and was produced by David Rubinson & Friends, Inc.


  • Herbie Hancock– vocals, Fender Rhodes,  clavinet,  Oberheim,  Prophet, Yamaha CS-80, Minimoog  synthesizers, Sennheiser vocoder
  • Webster Lewis- Hammond B-3 organ; Prophet, Yamaha CS-40, ARP String Ensemble and Minimoog synthesizers; Fender Rhodes, backing vocals
  • Bennie Maupin- soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone,  lyricon
  • Ray Obiedo- electric guitar
  • Paul Jackson- electric bass
  • Alphonse Mouzon– drums
  • Bill Summers- percussion

Track listing:

  1. Butterfly – Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin
  2. Shiftless Shuffle – Herbie Hancock, Paul Jackson, Harvey Mason, Bill Summers
  3. I Thought It Was You – Jeffrey Cohen, Herbie Hancock, Melvin Ragin

In December 1983.

In December 1983, “Warner Bros” label released “Invitation” the third Jaco Pastorius album. It was recorded at various venues during a tour of Japan, featuring his “Word of Mouth” big band, and was produced by Jaco Pastorius.


  • Jaco Pastorius— electric bass
  • Don Alias– percussion
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Peter Erskine– drums
  • Bobby Mintzer– tenor and soprano saxophone
  • Othello Molineaux– steel drum
  • Jean “Toots” Thielemans– harmonica
  • Elmer Brown, Forrest Buchtel, Ron Tooley – trumpet
  • Jon Faddis– trumpet
  • Wayne Andre– trombone
  • Dave Bargeron– trombone, tuba
  • Peter Graves – bass trombone, co–conductor
  • Bill Reichenbach– bass trombone
  • Mario Cruz– tenor and soprano saxophone, clarinet, alto flute
  • Randy Emerick – baritone saxophone, clarinet
  • Alex Foster– tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, clarinet, piccolo
  • Paul McCandless– tenor saxophone, oboe, English horn
  • Peter Gordon, Brad Warnaar – French horn

Track listing:

  1. Invitation – Bronisław Kaper
  2. Amerika – traditional
  3. Soul Intro/The Chicken – Jaco Pastorius, Pee Wee Ellis
  4. Continuum – Jaco Pastorius
  5. Liberty City – Jaco Pastorius
  6. Sophisticated Lady – Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish
  7. Reza/Giant Steps/Reza (reprise) – Jaco Pastorius, John Coltrane
  8. Fannie Mae – Buster Brown, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson
  9. Eleven – Miles Davis, Gil Evans

On November 20, 1989.

On November 20, 1989,”Virgin” label released “…But Seriously”, the fourth Phil Collins studio album. It was recorded April – October 1989, at “The Farm” in Chiddingfold, Surrey, UK, “A&M Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham. The album was certified 3 x Platinum in Argentina by “CAPIF”, 5 x Platinum in Australia by “ARIA”, 2 x Platinum in Austria by “IFPI Austria”, 7 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”, Diamond in France by “SNEP”, 6 x Platinum in Germany by “BVMI”, Platinum in Hong Kong by “IFPI Hong Kong”, 3 x Platinum in Italy by “FIMI”, Platinum in Japan by “RIAJ”, 2 x Platinum in Netherlands by “NVPI”, Platinum in New Zealand by “RMNZ”, 2 x Platinum in Portugal by “AFP”,  7 x Platinum in Spain by “PROMUSICAE”, 5 x Platinum in Switzerland by “IFPI Switzerland”, 9 x Platinum in UK by “BPI and 4 x Platinum in US by “RIAA”.


  • Phil Collins– vocals, drums, percussion, tambourine, keyboards, mixing
  • Daryl Stuermer– guitar
  • Leland Sklar– bass guitar
  • David Crosby– vocals
  • Nathan East– bass guitar
  • Pino Palladino– bass guitar
  • Stephen Bishop– vocals
  • Eric Clapton– guitar
  • Steve Winwood– Hammond organ
  • Dominic Miller- guitar
  • The Phenix Horns:
    • Don Myrick– saxophone
    • Louis Satterfield– trombone
    • Harry Kim– trumpet
    • Rhamlee Michael Davis – trumpet
  • Alex Brown, Marva King, Lynne Fiddmont – backing vocals
  • Hugh Padgham – mixing, engineer
  • Ed Goodreau, Simon Osbourne – assistant engineer
  • Tom Tom 84 – horn arrangements
  • Maurice Spears – music preparation
  • Trevor Key– photography


Track listing:

All tracks by Phil Collins, except where noted.


  1. Hang in Long Enough
  2. That’s Just the Way It Is
  3. Find a Way to My Heart
  4. Colours
  5. Father to Son
  6. Another Day in Paradise
  7. All of My Life
  8. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
  9. Do You Remember?
  10. I Wish It Would Rain Down

On July 9, 2002.

On July 9, 2002, “Warner Bros” label released “By the Way”, the eighth Red Hot Chili Peppers studio album. It was recorded November 2001 – May 2002, at “Cello Studios” and “Chateau Marmont” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Rick Rubin.  Album paintings, photography and art direction is credited to Julian Schnabel, Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Michael “Flea” Balzary and Chad Smith. The album was certified Platinum in Argentina by “CAPIF”, 5 x Platinum in Australia by “ARIA”, Platinum in Austria by “IFPI”, 2 x Platinum in Brazil by “Pro-Música Brasil”, 2 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”, Platinum in Finland by “Musiikkituottajat”, Platinum in France by “SNEP”, Platinum in Greece by “IFPI Greece”, 2 x Platinum in Japan by “RIAJ”, 2 x Platinum in New Zealand by “RMNZ”, 2 x Platinum in Switzerland by “IFPISwitzerland”, 6 x Platinum in UK by “BPI”, and 2 x Platinum in US by “RIAA”.


  • Anthony Kiedis– lead vocals
  • John Frusciante– guitar, backing vocals, piano, keyboards, modular synthesizer, bass
  • Michael “Flea” Balzary– bass, trumpet, harmonica, backing vocals, double bass, guitar
  • Chad Smith– drums, percussion, tambourine
  • Ryan Hewitt – engineer
  • Marc Mann– arranger
  • Ethan Mates – recording engineer
  • Vlado Meller– mastering
  • Rick Rubin– engineering
  • Jim Scott – mix engineer, recording engineer
  • Jason Wormer – recording engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Michael “Flea” Balzary and Chad Smith

  1. By the Way
  2. Universal Speaking
  3. This is the Place
  4. Dosed
  5. Don’t Forget Me
  6. The Zephyr Song
  7. Can’t Stop
  8. I Could Die for You
  9. Midnight
  10. Throw Away Your Television
  11. Cabron
  12. Tear
  13. Oh Mercury
  14. Minor Thing
  15. Warm tape
  16. Venice Queen

On May 17, 1996.

On May 17, 1996, John Watson Jr. aka Johnny “Guitar” Watson died aged 61. He was guitarist, singer and songwriter, known as the pioneer of guitar feedback and reverb. His recording career spanned forty years, with biggest success in his funk era, with the albums “Ain’t That a Bitch” (1976), “A Real Mother for Ya” (1977), and “Funk Beyond the Call of Duty” (1977). Watson died of a heart attack while on tour in Yokohama, Japan, collapsing mid guitar solo.